Perry calls special session

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is calling Texas lawmakers back to Austin for a special session to try again to pass legislation that will keep major state agencies running.

Perry announced Thursday that he's ordering a special legislative session July 1.

The Legislature adjourned June 1 without passing a safety net measure that would allow agencies such as the transportation and insurance departments to keep operating. The departments would be shuttered by Sept. 1, 2010, without the legal authority to continue.

Lawmakers also failed to approve legislation allowing for the issuance of $2 billion in road-building bonds that many lawmakers wanted.